Thistlewood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Thistlewood family

The surname Thistlewood was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066, when that county included the northern part of Lancashire and Cumberland, about the 11th century.

Early History of the Thistlewood family

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Thistlewood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thistlethwaite, Thistlethwayte and others.

Early Notables of the Thistlewood family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Thistlewood family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Thistlethwaite who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servant; Ann and Agnes Thistlewait settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820.


Contemporary Notables of the name Thistlewood (post 1700) +

  • Napoleon Bonaparte Thistlewood (1837-1915), American Republican politician, Mayor of Cairo, Illinois, 1879-83, 1897-1901; U.S. Representative from Illinois 25th District, 1908-13 [1]
  • Arthur Thistlewood (1770-1820), English conspirator, born at Tupholme, about twelve miles from Lincoln; he was 'firmly persuaded that the first duty of a patriot was to massacre the government and overturn all existing institutions’; he was hanged, with four other conspirators, in front of the debtor's door, Newgate, on 1 May 1820 [2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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